The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Fences, Floors, and a Familiar Face
Fence line at Antietam National Battlefield
Snake Line, Worm-rail, or Zigzag fencing…I’m not sure what to call it anymore. However
you might name it, I spent most of the week string-trimming it. It was definitely
work, but very rewarding to see the direct contribution to the battlefield’s
appearance. My coworkers in the maintenance
staff were an enjoyable bunch. They managed to bring me up to speed with some
hysterical in-house jokes in a few short days. When I wasn’t working with the
trimming crew, I was shadowing the battlefield’s custodian. We were back and forth
between the Visitor’s Center and whatever assignment we had planned for the
day. Some of those tasks were maintaining the Education Center at Mumma Farmhouse,
cleaning the battlefield’s gym, and stocking cleaning supplies. Once again, it
was nice to know that I played a role in the aesthetics and maintenance
Tuesday, Tony came to visit Antietam National Battlefield. The previous day he
visited with Nick at Gettysburg National Military Park. So in the short span of
48 hours, he was zapped with quite a few of the electric facts of the American
Civil War. I enjoyed that I was able to ask him about some comparisons and differences
between the two Civil War Battlefields, and also that he was up for hiking the
Battlefield’s Union Advance Trail on a particularly humid day. The meeting was
not all fun in games though, we had to collect the logistics needed for the
ProRanger Program. For that, we needed to stick somewhat to the visit’s itinerary.
Most of the needed data was accumulated during a meeting between Tony & I,
my immediate Supervisor, ANTI’s Chief Ranger, and ANTI’s Superintendent. I was
ecstatic throughout the visit to share all the knowledge I’d acquired over the
past few weeks with someone I knew from outside of the experience. All in all, the
visit was a great way to spend a day of my first internship.